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Disabled driver from Shotton forced to walk through pain barrier

Published date: 20 December 2013 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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A DISABLED motorist who struggles to walk has been told he will be hit with fines if he continues to park outside his own home.

Tim Oram, 50, who suffers rheumatoid arthritis and struggles to walk long distances, has been parking on the yellow lines outside his home for years as his painful condition makes it difficult to get to his front door from any further away.

But after Flintshire Council took over parking enforcement from the police in October, he found a ticket had been placed on his windshield for parking outside his address on Rowden Street, Shotton.

Mr Oram managed to challenge that fine after an appeal based on his disability.

But he was told by officials that if he was caught parking on the lines again, there would be no chance of getting out of another fine.

Mr Oram says he is shocked by the threat, and thought officers were joking when they handed out the earlier ticket.

He said: “I was absolutely shocked. I thought they were taking the mickey.

“The police have been up and down my road countless times in the three years I’ve lived here and never asked me to move my car.” On October 7, Mr Oram applied for a disabled parking bay outside his home after the implementation of civil parking enforcement by Flintshire Council.

He received a confirmation of a succesful application earlier this month.

While he waits, Mr Oram has been forced to park further away from his home, meaning a painful struggle to his front door.

He said: “It’s disheartening to have to park far away when my condition is based on me being unable to walk very far.

“I’m a little sceptical about the parking bay as I won’t be able to treat it as my own,” he said.

“But at least now I’m going to have a 50/50 chance of parking outside my own house.

“It’s been frustrating to say the least.

“The way the council have treated me and the way the road is laid out is disgusting.

“If those double yellow lines weren’t there, parking would be so much easier.”

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